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She Entrepreneurs – Connecting impact driven female founders

Are you an entrepreneur with a vision ​​to make​ an impact on society through your business? Do you want to take the next steps to grow​ your enterprise​? Become part of a strong network of impact-driven female founders in the Middle East, North Africa and Türkiye through our ​leadership programme​ She Entrepreneurs.​​ ​​

Apply to She Entrepreneurs if you are ready to scale up the impact of your business and want to become part of a strong network of likeminded women who can support and inspire you on your journey!

She Entrepreneurs is a leadership programme for highly motivated women entrepreneurs in the Middle East, North Africa and Türkiye who are building sustainable and scalable businesses that contribute to driving social and/or environmental change. ​In the past years that​​ the programme ​has been running, many entrepreneurs​​ received support that helped them become successful in expanding and increasing their impact.

She Entrepreneurs ​offers​ practical and hands-on leadership training based on real business experience, collaborative learning​,​ and participant-centric design. The programme provides tangible tools, insights and connections for participants who want to grow their businesses and develop as entrepreneurs​ as well as leaders.

​​Running​ over ​the course of ​six months​, the programme ​combines regular online workshops and ​online ​mentoring ​with one ​week of ​intensive​​​,​ onsite learning in Stockholm in September.

If you are ready to scale up the impact of your business and want to become part of a strong network of ​​like-minded​ women who can support and inspire you on your journey – then She Entrepreneurs is the programme for you. 

She Entrepreneurs will give you:

  • The opportunity to plan and develop a strategy for your business in an inspiring and collaborative learning environment.
  • Regular support and input through sessions with expert mentors
  • Increased self-awareness as a leader and ​a deep​ understanding of how to build effective and motivated teams​ while also taking care of your own long-term wellbeing.
  • Increased knowledge on topics such as business development, innovation​,​ and partnerships to create relevant and attractive products and services​​​, as well as​ reach new customers and markets.
  • New perspectives on how you can follow​ ​up and increase the impact of your business by measuring your value creation.
  • A strong and active community of ​like-minded​ women.

She Entrepreneurs is arranged by the Swedish Institute, a public agency that builds interest and trust in Sweden around the world. The Swedish Institute work with Sweden promotion, cooperation in the Baltic Sea region and global development. (Link to Swedish Institute website)

Can I apply?

You are welcome to submit your application if you are a woman entrepreneur born 1978 – 1999 with a business that:

  • is already operational and ready to expand;
  • has the potential to develop a financially sustainable business model and contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals* by driving social and/or environmental change;
  • is based in Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia or Türkiye.

*Find more information about the Sustainable Development Goals here: United Nations website

​Programme participants must​ be ​citizens​ of one of the ​countries mentioned above and have a proficient command of both written and spoken English.

Programme Timeline

She Entrepreneurs runs for ​​​about​ six months and combines regular online workshops, learning groups​,​ and ​​mentoring ​with one ​week of ​intensive​​​,​ onsite learning in Stockholm in September. You should plan to dedicate around ​​​five​ hours per week to the programme..

Online training and mentorship (End of April – ​ mid-​November 2024)​
The training is ​​​based on​ a highly practical approach that allows you to apply ​the knowledge​ and ​​​insight gained through it​ directly to your business. Regular online workshops are organised on different topics that help you grow your turnover and operations, build a resilient leadership and team​,​ and follow​ ​up on the targets you set for your social or environmental contribution. The workshops are led by experienced entrepreneurs and experts​. Joint workshops and smaller learning groups give plenty of opportunities to meet other entrepreneurs in similar situations and to make new connections. Throughout the programme, you will also have access to coaching and mentorship based on your various needs.

Throughout the programme, participants will also be given practical tasks to support the implementation of new tools, methods and models into their own organisations.

Onsite learning week in Stockholm (September​ 2024​)
The programme in Stockholm will take place ​​9​ ​–​ 15 September (​arriving on​ 9 September and departing on​ 15 September). It will be an intensive ​week of ​learning​​​,​ combining workshops, mentoring​, field visits and networking.

The dates and timings are preliminary and may change. An exact schedule will be sent at the beginning of the programme.

Costs covered and arranged by Swedish Institute

  • Your flights to and from Stockholm.  
  • Your accommodation and most of the meals in Stockholm during the programme’s onsite ​​​learning week in Stockholm,​ Sweden.
  • Your insurance during the programme’s onsite ​​​learning week in Stockholm,​ Sweden.
  • All training ​​online and ​onsite material.

How to apply

The application period is 12 February – 12 March 2024

Only applicants who have submitted a complete application will be considered for the programme. These are the steps you need to go through to submit your application
  1. Register your profile in the application portal.
  2. Select what programme you would like to apply for (She Entrepreneurs is available 12 February – 12 March 2024).
  3. Answer all the questions for the different sections in the application portal (found in the left-hand menu).
  4. Upload your CV under the document section.
  5. After you’ve submitted your application, you’ll receive a confirmation to your inbox in Dream Apply.
  6. You will also receive a message to your inbox in Dream Apply with a link to record a short video. Follow the instructions in the message. It will take less than ten minutes to record the video. You will get two questions to answer within two minutes each. We ask you to make the recording in a quiet setting and, if possible, use headphones with a built-in microphone. Please note that it is mandatory to make the video recording. We wish you the best of luck!

Evaluation of applications (13 March – 17 April)

Each application is evaluated according to the following criteria:
  • Business potential
  • Contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals
  • The potential of the applicant as an entrepreneur

Interviews (2 – 12 April)

Out of all applicants, around 50 shortlisted candidates are called for interviews as a second step in the selection process. The interviews are conducted online. 

Admission (18 April)

SI will contact the 50 selected applicants by email to offer them a place in the programme. SI will also compose a list of reserve candidates in case a second selection round is needed. Unfortunately, because of the large number of applications for a limited number of spots, we have to turn down many highly qualified candidates who apply to the programme.

Read more about the programme here: She Entrepreneurs – Connecting impact driven female founders – Swedish Institute

Read more about the Swedish Institute here: Swedish Institute

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